T.U.K. Shoes: Where Girly Meets Goth

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Who says the girly girl and grunge goth can’t merge styles? We certainly don’t! T.U.K. is combining these two seemingly different styles to create its sought-after footwear collections, which are being rocked by famous celebs, including actress Riley Keough, punk rockers Avril Lavinge and Haley Williams, former Dainty Kane singer Dawn Richards, model Ireland Basinger Baldwin, and Internet personality Audrey Kitching, just to name a few.

Infusing black leathers and dark velvets with cute designs, like hearts, polka dots, kittens and flowers, T.U.K. shoes appeal to both the punk rocker and the prom queen. The brand is best known for its signature creepers— those shoes featuring thick crepe-soles with leather or suede uppers— but also creates eclectic flats, heels and combat boots. And, let’s not forget about its wide variety of creepers, sneakers, dress shoes and boots for men!

The San Diego-based company was founded in 1991. Since then, it’s remained the go-to footwear brand for bands, music fanatics, artists, fashionistas and individuals seeking bold and creative styles.

If you want to get your hands on a pair (or several) of T.U.K. shoes, creepers or boots, visit us online at ShoppingBlitz.com. We’ve recently added T.U.K. shoes to our 400+ list of popular brands and are frequently updating our styles.

Check out some of our favorite styles for men and women below!

T.U.K. Kitty Mary Jane Sneakers

T.U.K. Kitty Mary Jane Sneakers

We absolutely love this feline-inspired Mary Jane from T.U.K. Featuring the brand’s signature crepe-sole, this shoe provides the perfect complement to any outfit. Pair it with your favorite skinnies, or a black skirt and tights! Retails for $56.00.

T.U.K. Monk Point Creeper Loafers

T.U.K. Monk Point Creeper Loafers

These burgundy creeper loafers are another one of our favorite styles from T.U.K. Featuring a sleek, old school punk rock look, these loafers are perfect for dressing up or dressing down. Best of all, they’re made of all man-made, vegan materials, so you can feel good about looking stylish. Available in both men’s and women’s sizes. Retails for $85.00.

Shop these great styles and more from T.U.K. here!

What You Should Know Before Buying Winter Boots

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Are you looking for a new pair of winter boots for your next outing? Whether you’ll be hiking in the backcountry or spending a day on the slopes, your winter boots need to keep you warm, comfortable and protected, without sacrificing your mobility. In order to choose the right pair of winter boots for your activity, you need to understand the basics of their construction. Read on to learn about the anatomy of winter boots, and if you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at Shopping Blitz.

The Basics of Winter Boot Construction

Upper

The upper is the soft area above the midsole and is typically made of materials like genuine leather, rubber, suede or synthetics. Synthetic rubber is naturally 100% waterproof, and many genuine leathers are waterproof as well. The upper is built around a mold called a last which shapes the boot’s materials.

Lining

The lining can be made of up one or more fabrics, such as fleece, sheepskin, fur, or synthetic materials, and offers warmth, comfort and support. Many boots from quality brands incorporate heat-seeking technologies into their lining, which are designed to trap and retain warmth, plus keep feet dry. For instance, the Women’s Columbia Minx Mid II Omni-Heat Boots feature Columbia’s famous Omni-Heat reflective lining to retain heat, as well as Omni-Tech to repel water and moisture.

Some boots may offer removable lining, which allows you to customize your degree of warmth. With a removable liner, you can switch out a thermal liner for an all-weather liner to better suit the conditions.

Midsole

An EVA or polyurethane midsole provides support, durability, warmth, and shock absorption. Thicker midsoles provide more warmth because your foot is farther from the ground.

Outsole

The outsole is a critical part of your winter boot and makes the boot suitable for wet, muddy and snowy terrains. Many winter boots have rubber outsoles because rubber is naturally waterproof and slip-resistant. Always refer to the thickness and deepness of the outsole when shopping for winter boots. Many boots, such as the Women’s Pajar Snowcap 2 Boots and Men’s Salomon Snowtrip Ts Waterproof Boot, feature spikes or lugs for extra grip and slip-resistance when hiking technical terrains.

Toe Box

The toe box provides a layer of protection for your toes and is typically covered with a layer of insulation for additional warmth and comfort.

Now that you have a better understanding of the anatomy of winter boots, you can choose a boot that satisfies your activity and the weather conditions. To buy winter shoes and clothes online, shop our unrivaled selection of winter gear at ShoppingBlitz.com!

Style Meets Comfort: Orthopedic Shoes

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Also known as orthotics, orthopedic shoes are specifically engineered to provide pain relief and additional support for people suffering from pain in the legs, feet, ankles or back. Orthopedic shoes are available in a wide range of designs and across a variety of functions, from hiking boots and walking sneakers to sandals, oxfords and Mary Janes. Orthopedic shoes can be worn for all kinds of occasions, whether you’re exercising, working at the office or hanging out with friends and family.

Shopping Blitz is the premier online marketplace to buy shoes and clothing online from the best brands. We offer a large selection of orthopedic shoes from the top orthotics brands around the world. Check out our featured orthopedic shoes for men and women:

Men’s Drew Shoe Lightning II Sneakers

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Drew’s Lightning II Sneakers feature all of the therapeutic benefits of a Drew in a performance-packed athletic shoe. These sneakers provide all-day comfort and feature a breathable mesh vamp and quarter linings and dual shanks. The two removable insoles provide double the depth and allow space for custom orthotics for extra toe room. Retails for $135.93.

Women’s Mephisto Laser Perf Sneakers

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The Mephisto Laser Perf Sneaker is the ultimate women’s walking shoe and contains tons of great features for optimal comfort, support and breathability. This sneaker features Mephisto’s signature Air-Jet circulation system and Soft-Air midsole, as well as a removable cushioned insole. The enhanced shock absorption in the heel protects the spine, vertebrate and joints and reduces the degree of shock in each footfall by 90%.Retails for $199.92.

Men’s Orthofeet Tie-Less Lace Up Oxfords

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The Orthofeet Tie-Less Lace Up Oxfords features Orthofeet’s tie-less lacing system, which integrates laces with hook and loop straps to provide an easy way to fasten and unfasten your shoes without the need for tying laces. The soft, seam-free lining design contains extra foam padding for maximum comfort and protection, while the soft, non-binding leather upper eases pressure on the foot. The shoe’s extra-depth design provides a roomy fit, and the Ergonomic-Stride design of the lightweight cushioning sole softens your step and helps propel the foot forward. Retails for $124.93.

Women’s Durea Dorris Mary Janes

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The Durea Dorris Mary Janes seamlessly combine comfort and fashion. This women’s dress shoe features a soft premium nubuck upper accented with beautiful stitching details and flower-like cutouts for ventilation and style. The hook-and-loop closure enables you to adjust the instep strap for a comfortable fit, while the internal leather lining wicks away moisture. The cushioning insole can be replaced with a custom orthotic. Retails for $199.43.

Visit us online at ShoppingBlitz.com to snag these great orthopedic footwear styles!

 

 

4 Tips for Breaking In New Shoes Without Breaking Your Feet

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Between buying a new pair of shoes and being able to wear them comfortably for a long duration of time, there’s the inevitable break-in period. Whether you’ve purchased a new pair of heels or running shoes, not taking the time to break them in before wearing them for a decent length of time can lead to blisters and pain. To make the transition from the shoe box to your feet much less painful, follow these tips for breaking in your new shoes from Shopping Blitz, where you can buy shoes online.

1. Wear them around the house

Before you embark on a long distance run with your new running shoes or wear a new pair of heels for a night out on the town, wear them around the house. Wearing your new shoes, walk up and down the stairs and while standing and sitting around. If you’ve purchased a nice pair of shoes that can easily be scuffed or marked up, wearing them around the house will ensure they won’t get ruined before you wear them out.

2. Wear them with socks

While you wear your shoes around the house, wear them with thick socks. The thicker the socks, the better. This will help stretch out the shoe and prevent blisters as you get used to your new shoes. You can do this as you cook, do chores or relax on the couch.

3. Bring them to the office

If you work at an office, wearing a new pair of shoes at work is a great way to break them in. Pack them in your bag and slip them on once you’re at the office.

4. Use a hair dryer

For shoes that are tight in certain spots, applying heat with a hair dryer can help loosen them up. Put your shoes on with some thick socks and blow dry each shoe for a few seconds on low heat. You can repeat the process if needed.

Get into the Halloween Spirit with Shopping Blitz

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Shop our fabulous line of costume shoes to complete your favorite Halloween look! Funtasma by Pleaser is one of the premier collections of costume footwear in the market today. Choose your own adventure from period items, to fantasy, gore or just plain fantastical!

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Shop the look:

Funtasma Lolita-3000G Boot

Funtasma Gotham-106 Knee Boot

 

 

New Brands Spotlight

We have added several new brands to our collection and we can’t wait to fill you in on all the details! Everything from women’s hand-crafted sandals and bags, to travel hammocks and quick-dry performance underwear are available for purchase. Shopping Blitz has always prided ourselves on being a modern twist on the general stores of old, offering a variety of goods in an easy one-stop shop format. Our latest additions help to cement our goal of becoming the ultimate lifestyle destination.

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Sakroots is an accessories line that embodies the bohemian in all of us. Every purchase of one of their unique handbags or shoes directly supports local artists and their communities. Looking through their collection is like a visit to a gallery, colorful, innovative and always fresh. A brand rich in heritage and texture, Sakroots adds more than just style to your wardrobe, it invokes a lifestyle. Shop Sakroots today and double your karma quotient!

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The Sak is a collection of hand-crafted bags and footwear that bring to mind the casual, California lifestyle many of us crave. Interwoven into their fabulous collections are a sense of peace, harmony and freedom. Like Sakroots, The Sak believes in giving back to their community. The company operates within a culture of mutual trust and ownership. A bag from The Sak will designate you from the pack and give your conscience something to smile about.

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Grand Trunk offers a line of travel hammocks that brings to mind tropical locales and a sense of adventure. Created by two entrepreneurs who met while backpacking in Thailand, the company remains true to selling time-tested products good for the road. From seaside to mountaintop, Grand Trunk hammocks give travelers a sense of home. Invoke your inner explorer and take home a piece of the world today!

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In our pursuit of health and the perfect body we often forget the importance of base layers. Performance underwear can make the difference between an incredible workout and one that peters out before it even begins. AYG 365 is a collection of technologically-advanced underwear featuring quick-dry performance fabrics. Every product is made to wick away moisture while boasting anti-microbial properties, keeping you both dry and healthy. Give your body the gift of endurance and it will thank you later.

Get Dad Ready For Summer

As the weather heats up and Father’s Day approaches, it’s only natural to get your Dad into some stylin’ new gear. We have everything you need to keep Dad cool and comfortable this summer.

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1. The Wolverine Dixon Short Sleeve Shirt is perfect for weekend barbeques, a day spent fishing or some time at the driving range. Made of 100% cotton poplin, this shirt is easy to iron and is an enemy to wrinkles everywhere! The shirt features two chest pockets for stow away space and side pleats for a flattering fit.

2. The Mountain Hardwear Piero Shorts are comfortable without the muss and fuss, just like Dad likes it. With lots of pocket for storage and an inseam gusset for mobility, these shorts will soon become his favorite! Other features include built-in UPF 50 sun protection and durable stretch canvas fabric.

3.  Clarks Wave Tour Sandals are made of supple nubuck leather with a breathable synthetic lining, for Dad’s more active days. It’s curved sole reduces shock and foot fatigue, while its rubber outsole provides maximum traction and stability. Great for both casual and Dad-approved adventures.

4. A pair of Diesel Eyewear Injected Sunglasses will 100% bring Dad’s coolness quotient up several notches. These aviators are made of an overlap of injected and matt metal, creating a distinctive design. Cool and practical, sounds right up any Dad’s alley!

 

Trend Alert: Dress Sneakers

SBMEZ_15271_BLKf806eec1f12460945f4bca88df55cff1Dress sneakers are one of the fastest growing segments of the $13.8 billion athletic footwear industry, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm. Since the days of the Air Jordan, sneakers have been slowly creeping beyond their athletic-only roots. “That was the era when kids began wearing sneakers to prom, and then to job interviews,” stated Elliott Curtis, professor of Sneakerology, a real course taught at Carnegie Mellon University.

SBMPOS_DEBBIE_10153-2980Today luxury mass-market houses have gotten hold of the shoe and upped the ante. Popular among basketball stars like Dwayne Wade and musicians such as Kanye West, sneakers now act as another status symbol. “These sneakers have become so expensive that for an ad guy or a nonbanker, they’re a way of saying, ‘I’ve got cash,’ ” stated Mordechai Rubinstein, founder of the Mister Mort fashion blog. Brands like Mephisto and Mezlan have gotten into the game with their sleek and polished offerings. These pairs take the concept of the casual Friday to a new level. Up the style quotient at work with what’s soon to be the next fashion craze from overseas.

Our foray into the festival world …

photo (18)This year we are entering the world of vending for music festivals. A lot of us at Shopping Blitz are die-hard music fans, long time associated with the festival scene. So we are very excited to break our cherries at the 9th annual Mountain Jam June 6-9. Our concept is the idea of a funky general store. A place to go if in the excitement you have forgotten or need to replace some key essentials, like your tent (we have all been there), sleeping bag, footwear and especially the all-important toothbrush!Hugh (17)

I say funky because well for one it’s us. And if you have ever met us in person, and we hope you do this weekend, you would know that we are nothing if not funkified! I also say funky because a lot of the products we are bringing were made to have fun in. From novelty hats, wigs and accessories we have you covered for an all out rager! Suffice it to say we are excited and nervous and ready to get up to Hunter Mountain! If you are coming we hope to see you there. If you are on fence or are hearing about the festival for the first time check out the lineup and let the music sway you!

Brands we are featuring include Life is Good, Sanuk, Havaianas, SmartWool, Violight, Oofos, Lole, Bula, Salomon, Global Vision Eyewear & more!

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Get Closer to Your Beach Body the Shopping Blitz Way

Summer is a hop, skip and a jump away – are you all set for the bikini season or still scrambling to beach-proof your body in less than thirty days like the rest of us? If the latter refers to you, don’t despair! We have all you need to get moving and grooving!

Get Closer to Your Beach Body the Shopping Blitz Way!

Get Closer to Your Beach Body the Shopping Blitz Way!

Check With Your MD
Well, we don’t exactly carry doctors on our website, but we highly recommend that you see one anyways – you wouldn’t believe how many people end up in emergency rooms with avoidable injuries. Get the OK from your physician and make sure there aren’t any pre-existing conditions, such as asthma or high-blood pressure, that need to be addressed before you begin any exercise program.

Get In Gear
Workout gear, that is. Brands like Under Armour – with their Signature Moisture Transport System – keeps you comfortable and dry by wicking away sweat as you perspire during workouts. Make sure to get an ample amount of  tees and shorts as well as comfortable sneakers –  you want to avoid the “I don’t have anything to wear” excuse at all costs! If you plan on exercising in the daytime, don’t forget the sunscreen and some shades to protect your eyes as well. For those working out at night, we carry reflective apparel and footwear  to keep you safe and visible after hours.

Monitor Your Heart Rate
I wasn’t too fond of doing this myself at first, but it is important. According to medical professionals, closely tracking your heart rate during exercise can help you derive more from your workouts.  You heart rate tells you how fast you should be moving, when it’s time to slow down, and how in (or out) of shape you truly are. Luckily, brands like Soleus make water resistant HRM watches that can do the leg work for you.

Get Lost
No, please come back! I mean get lost in whatever it is you are doing to fine tune your bod.  Find an exercise routine that you love (or at least don’t hate) and make it fun! Blast your favorite tunes while doing workout videos at home or load up the iPod for gym sessions. Grab a buddy if you don’t want to do it alone, or join an online support group with like-minded individuals to track your progress and get encouragement. Stay at your own pace, keep a smile on your face and make this your best summer yet!